Finding meaning in charity

We all strive to make every day special. One young volunteer reveals their search for meaning and what they discovered in the process.

Rainbow pinwheel
There are inspirations all around us. I enjoy putting a smile on another person and each and every time, I get back at least the same amount of joy or happiness that person got from me.

I became a more withdrawn person after my best friend passed away. I hid myself because I did not find life meaningful anymore. I thought there was no point to be out there.

Then out of the blue, I came up with an idea of visiting a charity home - somewhere where I could, hopefully, find some inspiration. So, I asked around and I got a few of my close friends to join me. We bought some lollies, ice creams and chocolates, and we visited a School for the Blind (in Malaysia). I asked one kid, if he could have one wish, what would he want to do in life?

He replied, "I just wish I were able to see the colours of the rainbow".

Wishing, instead of living

I went dumb. I stopped talking and I digested those words for a long, long time. I had been so greedy all that time - wishing I were richer, wishing I looked better, wishing I had this and that. But these people could be so happy despite not having a lot of things I had and most of all, all he wished for was "to see the colours of the rainbow".

Perhaps, the less greedy you are, the more content you'll be. The more you wish for something, the more greedy you get, and you concentrate so much on things you do not have.

Volunteering gave me meaning

I continued to visit hospitals, volunteer at old folks home, Down Syndrome Centre, etc and over and over again, I learnt and learnt.

One young kid who is really, really ill told me, "I don't understand why I'm lying here. I have dreams too. I want to be a kid too and I want to make my parents proud of me as well. But I am lying and I've lay here for years."

I was helping out in the kitchen at a Down Syndrome Centre and the cake I baked did not turn out well, so I sighed. One Down Syndrome person (he's 32 but has the intelligence of a 7 year old) came to me and gave me a hug. He looked at me with his sincere eyes and said, "Nevermind. Try again".

There are inspirations all around us. I enjoy putting a smile on another person and each and every time, I get back at least the same amount of joy or happiness that person got from me.

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Last reviewed: 01 July, 2015
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1 Comments

  • Autumn23    (175 days ago)

    I can really relate to your experiences!Volunteering helps keep me grounded and grateful for what I have :)